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Midterms, part II........

Posted at 9:14 AM on July 11, 2006 by David Zingler

The Rotation
Johan Santana 9-5, 2.95 ERA, 138 K/24 BB, 1.00 WHIP, .221 BAA
Great numbers, especially for a �second half� pitcher � needs to be even better if the Twins hope to contend.
Grade: A
Prediction: 20-8, 2.60ish ERA

Brad Radke 7-7, 5.13 ERA, 54/25, 1.60 WHIP, .336 BAA
He�s been better lately, but it never should have gotten to that point. Enjoy the Brad Radke farewell tour.
Grade: D
Prediction: 14-13, 4.75ish ERA

Carlos Silva 4-9, 7.00 ERA, 36/14, 1.62 WHIP, .343 BAA
His sinker won�t sink, but everything else is sunk. Terrible.
Grade: F
Prediction: Silva ends the season in the bullpen.

Francisco Liriano 10-1, 1.83 ERA, 102/23, .97 WHIP, .201 BAA
It would basically be impossible for Liriano to pitch any better than he has. Can he keep it up?
Grade: A+
Prediction: 17-6, 2.50ish ERA

The Bullpen
Kyle Lohse 2-5, 7.48 ERA, 41/24, 1.77 WHIP, .319 BAA
An absolute dud � million dollar arm, ten cent head.
Grade: F
Prediction: Lohse won�t be on the Twins roster at season�s end.

Jesse Crain 2-5, 5.03 ERA, 33/9, 1.53 WHIP, .305 BAA
Another disappointment, Crain needs to get it turned around � fast!
Grade: D
Prediction: 7-6, 4.20ish ERA

Matt Guerrier 0-0, 3.34 ERA, 19/14, 1.64 WHIP, .310 BAA
More valuable than originally thought, his return from the DL would be welcome.
Grade: I
Prediction: A broken thumb could be tricky � who knows?

Willie Eyre 0-0, 6.60 ERA, 14/13, 1.83 WHIP, .339 BAA
Should be at Triple A.
Grade: D
Prediction: Twins will keep him on the bench as much as possible.

Dennys Reyes 1-0, 1.66 ERA, 16/5, 1.02 WHIP, .218 BAA
A pleasant surprise in an area the Twins really needed one.
Grade: B+
Prediction: Another tough one, look for his ERA to inch up, but not too much.

Juan Rincon 3-0, 2.06 ERA, 39/14, 1.17 WHIP, .231 BAA
The team�s unsung hero � people only remember his bad outings.
Grade: A
Prediction: 2.50ish ERA

Joe Nathan 5-0, 1.75 ERA, 52/5, .81 WHIP, .185 BAA, 15 SV
Didn�t get much action early on and it cost him another trip to the All Star Game.
Grade: A
Prediction: 35ish Saves, 2.10ish ERA

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